Dozens of veteran gymnasts serve as instructors in Starr Gymnastics’ three Ottawa-area facilities, where they favour instruction that emphasizes the most beneficial aspects of gymnastics: enjoyment, physical fitness, and socialization. Since only a small percentage of gymnastics athletes ever cartwheel their way to the competitive level, Starr Gymnastics' instructors teach proper balance-beam technique and safe tumbling skills without skimping on the fun, reminding their gleeful charges of gymnastics' inherent power to imbue agility and a foundational skill set easily applicable to turbo-kicking bad guys in dark alleys.
Starr's high-spirited staff occasionally spices up the play by inviting pint-sized gymnasts to don costumes or by darkening the arena while pupils leap, flip, and bear glowing cuspids amid a sea of black lights. The gym's festive approach to youth fitness occupies vacationing students during school breaks with summer camps, and birthday celebrants frequently gather in colourful private rooms for party packages that include equipment access and a T-shirt for the guest of honour.
Golden Moor replenishes weary bodies with all-natural products that combat health ailments with therapeutic mud culled from Outaouais's Golden Moor bog. The mud boasts hard-working humic acid, vitamins, and minerals that take turns mopping the floor in the 12,000-year-old mud pit. The Pine Bath serum coats bodies in a mixture of mud extract and pine needle essential oils. After dissolving in hot bath water, the serum sets to work relieving sore muscles and reducing joint inflammation from attempts to change light bulbs via pogo stick. The Natural Mask delivers a blend of peat mud and essential oils to mugs, helping along excessively oily or parched skin on its path to equilibrium.
Top Mode Depot cloaks all ages in trendy togs and spruces domestic sanctuaries with aisles of home décor on its 20,000-square-foot sales floor. Slip on a knit tunic dress ($22.98) or implore the sidewalk to flirt back with a silvery sleek pair of sandals ($14.98). Pairs of men's casual jeans ($34.98–$39.98) remain obedient held up with belts ($16.98), and torsos flaunt popular trends in button-down plaid shirts ($24.98). Babies can wiggle toes into leather slippers with animal prints ($9.98), and middle-aged tykes can dream of fast cars and schoolwork in a set of soft pyjamas ($15.98). Top Mode Depot also seasons households with aromatic candles ($9.98 for a package of three), ornamental pillows ($15 for two), and more home-complementing accoutrements.
Home Hardware’s experienced design team assists craftspeople aiming to spruce up their dwellings with an abundance of household tools and appliances. Beauti-Tone Ceiling Perfect paint ($27.97) helps minimizes structural pocks and blemishes, and a six-piece Speedbor2000 bit set ($23.99) securely fastens door hinges or laminated expense reports to office walls. As a Kuraidori stainless steel saucepan ($49.97) aids kitchen savants with measurement marks, an entrance gripset ($99.99) fashioned from antique nickel helps customers enter bathrooms or bedrooms with remarkable ease. Patrons can fight off homestead chilliness with an electric ceramic heater ($29.99) equipped with an adjustable thermostat and myriad safety features or a pine-mountain crackle log ($21.99) whose patent clean-burn technology sparks flames for up to three hours, the exact time it takes to burn a history textbook.
At Play It Again Sports, locally owned and operated for 20 years, athletes suit up to conquer challenges on the ice, in the field, or on the court with new and used gear from major-league brands such as Bauer, Reebok, and Adidas. An ever-rotating inventory keeps lockers stocked with spare balls, dressers filled with run-ready shorts, and dens populated with gleaming treadmills. Proud recipients of the Gold Standard Store award, amiable staffers stand ready to answer questions or assist with fittings, ensuring that each athlete leaves with the appropriate gear for their needs. Neglected equipment ready to leave storage spaces and rejoin the sporting life can be traded in for cash or credit for gear, completing the ethereal Circle of Sports.
At the age of 14, in the midst of a bike trip, Mathieu Albert realized the true beauty of cycling. And in the many years that have passed since, he’s rarely taken his feet off of the pedals, except for when he’s bathing or polishing his pedals. Mathieu has competed in more than 50 mountain bike competitions and 24-hour races, learned to weld and create his own bike frames, and worked as a technician and salesman at a number of bike shops. Now, as the owner of Vélos des Ronds-Points, he performs tune-ups for cycles and skis and equips fellow cyclists with bikes of all makes and models, including an impressive selection of Cannondale cycles.